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Inventory and monitoring of the vascular plants of Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands

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Prahalad, V and Harrison-Day, V and Latinovic, A and Kirkpatrick, J, Inventory and monitoring of the vascular plants of Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands, Tasmanian Naturalist pp. 1-32. ISSN 0819-6826 (In Press) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Tasmanian coastal saltmarsh wetlands are found in sheltered low-energy environments associated with large estuaries, creek mouths, lagoons and embayments. They are mapped as two major plant communities: Succulent Saline Herbland (TASVEG Code: ASS) and Saline Sedgeland/Rushland (TASVEG Code: ARS). In Aug 2013, coastal saltmarsh was the second vegetation community in the State to be listed as a ‘threatened ecological community’ (category: vulnerable) under the Australian Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Given this status, it is important to monitor saltmarsh extent and condition. Since plants play the central role in structuring the saltmarsh ecosystem, they require monitoring as a priority. In the present paper we provide the justifications for, and details of, the species and attributes we use in State-wide monitoring of saltmarsh plants. We also outline monitoring methods and a citizen science approach. A Tasmanian Saltmarsh Wetland Plants Checklist, Saltmarsh App and a User Guide to Entering Plant Data into the Saltmarsh App have been designed to assist in this endeavour.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Saltmarsh; Coastcare; Coastal Management; Citizen Science; Community Engagement
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Author:Prahalad, V (Mr Vishnu Prahalad)
Author:Harrison-Day, V (Ms Violet Harrison-Day)
Author:Latinovic, A (Miss Adelina Latinovic)
Author:Kirkpatrick, J (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:128278
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-09-12
Last Modified:2018-09-13
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